Brittany Dildine is in her third year as the Badgers’ recruiting coordinator and on-court assistant. She specializes in coaching the UW’s back-row defenders and passers.
In her first two seasons, Wisconsin has led the Big Ten in digs per set. In 2014, junior Taylor Morey led the conference with 5.12 digs per set, being named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Morey was also named a second-team All-American. She was named one of the AVCA’s 30 Under Thirty for her efforts.
“Brittany is a great trainer in the gym and does a fantastic job of recruiting,” said Sheffield. “Her passion for the game, her unbelievable work ethic, and how she relates to people absolutely set her apart.”
"The University of Wisconsin is a recruiting coordinator's dream job. It's the whole package between the academic prowess, the beautiful lakefront campus, and an athletic department that has laid the foundation for multiple programs to find success at an elite level. Recruits will not have to choose only one of these things; at Wisconsin they can have it all."
In four seasons at Dayton, Dildine aided the Flyers to a 110-20 (.846) mark, including a 57-2 (.967) mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Dayton won four straight A-10 titles and also advanced to four straight NCAA tournaments.
“I have been working with Kelly for six years and I believe that he has the drive, knowledge, and leadership skills to keep this program at the top of the Big Ten and win a national championship one day,” said Dildine. “I would not miss this journey for anything.”
“The University of Wisconsin is a recruiting coordinator’s dream job. It’s the whole package between the academic prowess, the beautiful lakefront campus, and an athletic department that has laid the foundation for multiple programs to find success at an elite level. Recruits will not have to choose only one of this things; at Wisconsing they can have it all.”
Dildine, who coached the Flyers’ defensive specialists and passers, proved to be one of the top assistant coaches in the country after Dayton was named College Volleyball Update’s Defensive Team of the Year in 2010. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in opponent hitting percentage and blocks in 2010 and 2011, as well as digs in 2010.
During her four seasons, Dayton had five All-Americans, four conference players of the year and seven first-team all-conference honorees. Included in the list of award winners under Dildine’s tutelage were Amanda Cowdrey, a first-team all-conference honoree in 2010, who ranked fourth in the A-10 in digs per set during conference play. Paige Vargas earned second-team honors in 2011, ranking second in the league in digs per set, and Janna Krafka was named to the all-rookie team in 2012 after leading Dayton with 4.47 digs per set.
Dildine came to Dayton after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for her alma mater, Purdue, during the 2008 season. She began her coaching career with the Performance Point Volleyball Club and Harrison High School Volleyball Club that same year.
The Lafayette, Indiana, native excelled in two sports as a student-athlete for the Boilermaker’s nationally ranked volleyball and women’s basketball programs. Dildine guided the volleyball team to two NCAA Regional appearances as a libero/outside hitter and helped the basketball team to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2007.
As a player, Dildine became the 10th Boilermaker in program history to reach 1,000 digs and finished her career ranked fifth in career digs with 1,243. Dildine also notched double-digit dig tallies 60 times in her career, including 20-or-more digs on eight occasions.
"Big Ten volleyball is arguably the toughest, most competitive conference in the country," said Dildine. "Being a Big Ten athlete, I understand that the battles across the net come at you full steam ahead and I want it no other way. I have tremendous respect for the coaches in this conference and am honored to join such an elite group of professionals."
In the classroom, she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in health promotion in the spring of 2009. Dildine was one of three in her graduating class to earn the Outstanding Achievement Award.